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Old Time Radio Researchers GroupGunsmoke - Single Episodes

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First Show: Jun 26, 1952
Last Show: Jun 18, 1961
Number Shows: 480 shows, 2 auditions, 5 hour tribute
Audition Shows: Jun 11, 1949, Jul 13, 1949

Series Description:

Gunsmoke is one of those long-running classic Old-Time Radio shows that everyone knows and remembers. It's also one that is still respected for its high values, in all aspects. Gunsmoke first aired on the CBS network on April 26, 1952, billed as the first adult western. It was set in Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870's.

The main character, Matt Dillon, was played by William Conrad. On August 6, 1951, William Conrad played the lead in a show entitled "Pagosa" in the series Romance, where he played the part of a reluctant sheriff in a tough Western town. Although not a true audition, Conrad's character role is very close the that of Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke. It was one of the "stepping stones" toward the production of Gunsmoke.

Other regular characters were Chester Proudfoot, played by Parley Baer; Kitty, played by Georgia Ellis; and Doc Adams, played by Howard McNear.

The series featured top-notch acting and well-developed scripts that set it apart from many other shows, not only Westerns; however, it was the sound effects that stood out the most. Listen carefully and one can hear many levels of sound that really helps transport the listener back to the old west.

Besides the US version, there was an Austrailian production of Gunsmoke. It began sometime in 1955, transcribed under the Artransa label, and aired Mondays at 7:00 PM on the Macquarie network. It is not known how many shows aired or how long the series ran.

From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This audio is part of the collection: Old Time Radio
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Artist/Composer: Old Time Radio Researchers Group
Keywords: OTRR; Old Time Radio Researchers Group; Old Time Radio; OTRR Single Episodes; Gunsmoke; OTRR - 2006-12

Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs



This is a production of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group located at Old Time Radio Researchers Website and the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.

If you are interested in preserving old time radio, you may wish to join the Old Time Radio Researchers Group at Yahoo.

This is the Single Episode Page. The Certified Set includes extras not found here. It is located at OTRR Certified Set. This page is provided in case you want to sample the shows.

Note that in many cases, file names have been modified from the original OTRR names to conform to naming requirements.

Relax, listen, and enjoy!

OTRR Definitions:

OTRR Certified Accurate -- A series that is Certified Accurate indicates that all the episodes are properly identified and labeled but that the series does not contain all known extant episodes.

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Individual Files

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Audio Files VBR MP3
Billy the Kid 13.4 MB 
Jaliscoe 13.4 MB 
Carmen 13.9 MB 
Buffalo Killers 13.6 MB 
Never Pester Chester (Paul Dubov) 13.7 MB 
The Boughten Bride 13.5 MB 
Doc Holiday 14.0 MB 
Gentleman's Disagreement 14.1 MB 
Renegade White 14.0 MB 
The Kentucky Tolmans 13.7 MB 
The Lynching 13.3 MB 
Shakespeare 13.8 MB 
The Juniper Tree 13.6 MB 
The Brothers 13.8 MB 
Home Surgery 13.6 MB 
Drop Dead 13.6 MB 
The Railroad (rehearsal)(forced date to show in proper place) 12.1 MB 
Cain 13.6 MB 
Hinka-Do 13.4 MB 
Lochinvar 13.6 MB 
The Mortgage 13.7 MB 
Overland Express 13.7 MB 
Tara 13.7 MB 
The Square Triangle 13.7 MB 
Fingered 13.8 MB 
Kitty 13.7 MB 
I Don't Know 13.8 MB 
Post Martin 13.7 MB 
Xmas Story 13.7 MB 
The Cabin 13.8 MB 
Westbound 13.5 MB 
Word of Honor 13.7 MB 
Paid Killer 13.7 MB 
The Old Lady 13.7 MB 
Cavalcade 13.7 MB 
Cain (reused script) 13.9 MB 
The Round-Up 13.5 MB 
Meshougah 13.8 MB 
Trojan War 13.6 MB 
Absalom 13.8 MB 
Cyclone 10.2 MB 
Pussy Cats 13.3 MB 
Quarter Horse 13.5 MB 
Jayhawkers 13.6 MB 
Gonif 13.6 MB 
Bum's Rush 13.3 MB 
The Soldier 13.3 MB 
Tacetta 14.0 MB 
The Buffalo Hunter 27.3 MB 
The Big Con 27.4 MB 
Print Asper 13.7 MB 
Fall Semester 6.7 MB 
Sundown 13.7 MB 
Spring Term 13.7 MB 
Wind 13.7 MB 
Flashback 13.7 MB 
Dirt 13.7 MB 
Grass 13.7 MB 
Wild West 26.2 MB 
Hickock 26.4 MB 
Boy 13.7 MB 
Sky 6.3 MB 
Moon 6.3 MB 
Gone Straight 7.0 MB 
Jesse 13.7 MB 
The Sutler 13.7 MB 
Prairie Happy 27.6 MB 
There Was Never a Horse 27.5 MB 
Fawn 10.4 MB 
How to Kill a Friend 6.9 MB 
How to Die for Nothing 6.7 MB 
Yorky 6.9 MB 
The Buffalo Hunter (reused script) 11.4 MB 
How to Kill a Woman 11.6 MB 
Stolen Horses 11.5 MB 
Professor Lute Bone 11.6 MB 
Custer 11.5 MB 
Kick Me 7.2 MB 
The Lamb 7.4 MB 
The Cast 23.1 MB 
Big Girl Lost 11.4 MB 
The Guitar 11.3 MB 
Stage Holdup 11.4 MB 
Joke's on Us 11.4 MB 
The Bear 6.5 MB 
Nina 11.4 MB 
Gunsmuggler 11.4 MB 
Big Broad 11.4 MB 
The Killer 11.5 MB 
Last Fling 11.4 MB 
Bad Boy 11.5 MB 
The Gentleman 11.3 MB 
Confederate Money 11.3 MB 
Old Friend 11.4 MB 
Blood Money (Sam Edwards) 11.4 MB 
Mr. and Mrs. Amber (Helen Kleeb) 11.3 MB 
Greater Love (John Dehner) 5.7 MB 
What the Whisky Drummer Heard (Edgar Barrier) 5.7 MB 
Murder Warrant 11.4 MB 
Cara 11.2 MB 
The Constable 11.4 MB 
The Indian Horse 11.0 MB 
Monopoly 11.3 MB 
Feud 11.4 MB 
Blacksmith (Vic Perrin) 10.9 MB 
The Cover Up 11.4 MB 
Going Bad 11.4 MB 
Claustrophobia 11.5 MB 
Word of Honor (reused script) 7.2 MB 
Hack Prine 13.6 MB 
Texas Cowboys 26.9 MB 
The Queue (Edgar Barrier) 13.7 MB 
Matt for Murder 13.5 MB 
No Indians (Joseph Kearns) 13.6 MB 
Joe Phy 13.5 MB 
Mavis McCloud (Eleanor Tannin) 13.6 MB 
Young Man with a Gun 13.7 MB 
Obie Tater 13.7 MB 
The Promise aka The Handcuffs 13.7 MB 
Dooley Surrenders 13.4 MB 
The F. U. 13.4 MB 
Helping Hand 13.6 MB 
Matt Gets It 13.3 MB 
Love of a Good Woman 13.2 MB 
Kitty Caught (Lawrence Dobkin) 13.2 MB 
Ma Tennis 13.3 MB 
The Patsy 13.3 MB 
Smoking out the Beedles 13.1 MB 
Wrong Man 13.2 MB 
How to Kill a Woman (reused script) 6.7 MB 
Cooter (John Dehner) 13.3 MB 
Cholera 13.2 MB 
Bone Hunters 13.5 MB 
Magnus 7.4 MB 
Kitty Lost 13.6 MB 
The Bottle Man 13.7 MB 
Robin Hood 13.4 MB 
Chester's Murder 13.6 MB 
Sins Of The Fathers 8.5 MB 
Young Love 13.7 MB 
Cheyennes 13.7 MB 
Chester's Hanging 13.5 MB 
Poor Pearl 13.3 MB 
Crack-Up (John Dehner) 13.2 MB 
Kite's Reward 13.3 MB 
The Trial (John Dehner) 13.3 MB 
The Mistake 13.3 MB 
Horse Deal 13.6 MB 
Bloody Hands (Alafraganza) 13.6 MB 
Skid Row 13.2 MB 
The Gypsum Hills Feud 13.6 MB 
Born to Hang (Joseph Kearns) 13.5 MB 
Reward for Matt 13.3 MB 
Potato Road 13.6 MB 
Robber Bridegroom 13.7 MB 
The Liar from Blackhawk 13.7 MB 
Cow Doctor (Tom Hanley) 13.7 MB 
Jealousy 13.7 MB 
Trust 13.7 MB 
The Reed Survives (Michael Ann Barrett) 13.9 MB 
The Army Trial 13.8 MB 
General Parsley Smith 13.7 MB 
Uncle Oliver 13.7 MB 
20/20 13.7 MB 
Ben Tolliver's Stud (Norman Macdonnell) 13.7 MB 
Tap Day for Kitty 13.7 MB 
Innocent Broad 13.7 MB 
Johnny Red (Virginia Gregg) 13.7 MB 
Indian Scout 13.6 MB 
Doc Quits 13.6 MB 
Change of Heart 13.4 MB 
Alarm at Pleasant Valley 13.6 MB 
Thoroughbreds 13.7 MB 
Indian White 13.7 MB 
Barton Boy 13.7 MB 
Good Girl - Bad Company 11.4 MB 
The Coward (Vic Perrin) 11.4 MB 
Trouble in Kansas 11.4 MB 
Brush at Elkader (James Nusser) 11.4 MB 
The Choice (Lawrence Dobkin) 11.4 MB 
The Second Choice 11.4 MB 
The Preacher 11.4 MB 
Dutch George 11.4 MB 
Amy's Good Deed 11.4 MB 
Sunny Afternoon 11.4 MB 
Land Deal 11.4 MB 
Scared Kid 11.4 MB 
Twelfth Night (Helen Kleeb)(reused script) 11.4 MB 
Pucket's New Year (James Nusser) 11.4 MB 
Doc's Revenge 11.4 MB 
How to Cure a Friend 11.4 MB 
Romeo 11.4 MB 
Bureaucrat 11.4 MB 
Legal Revenge 11.4 MB 
Kitty's Outlaw 11.4 MB 
The New Hotel 11.4 MB 
Who Lives by the Sword 11.3 MB 
The Hunter 11.3 MB 
Bringing Down Father 11.4 MB 
The Man Who Would Be Marshal 11.4 MB 
Hanging Man 11.4 MB 
How to Sell a Ranch 11.4 MB 
Widow's Mite 11.4 MB 
The Executioner 11.4 MB 
Indian Crazy 11.4 MB 
Doc's Reward 11.2 MB 
The Photographer 11.3 MB 
Cows and Cribs (Jeanette Nolan) 11.4 MB 
Buffalo Man 11.4 MB 
Man Hunter 11.4 MB 
The Pacifist 11.4 MB 
Daddy-O (John McIntire) 11.4 MB 
Cheap Labor 11.4 MB 
Sunday Supplement 11.4 MB 
Gun for Chester 11.4 MB 
Passive Resistance 11.4 MB 
Letter of the Law (Joseph Kearns) 22.9 MB 
Lynching Man 22.9 MB 
Lost Rifle 11.4 MB 
Sweet and Sour (Harry Bartell) 11.4 MB 
Snakebite 11.4 MB 
Annie Oakley 11.4 MB 
No Sale 11.4 MB 
Old Pal 11.4 MB 
Belle's Back 11.3 MB 
Thick 'n' Thin 11.1 MB 
Box O' Rocks 11.1 MB 
The Brothers (different story than 52-09-06) 11.4 MB 
The Gambler 11.3 MB 
Gunshot Wound 11.4 MB 
'Til Death Do Us 11.4 MB 
Dirty Bill's Girl 11.4 MB 
Crowbait Bob (Nov 4th broadcast preempted) 11.4 MB 
Pretty Mama 11.4 MB 
Brother Whelp 11.4 MB 
Tail to the Wind 11.4 MB 
Speak to Me Fair 11.4 MB 
Braggart's Boy 11.4 MB 
Cherry Red 11.3 MB 
Beeker's Barn (Ralph Moody) 11.4 MB 
Hound Dog 10.8 MB 
Devil's Hindmost 10.9 MB 
Ozymandias 11.3 MB 
Categorical Imperative 11.4 MB 
Woman Called Mary 5.9 MB 
Cold Fire 9.9 MB 
Hellbent Harriet 8.9 MB 
Doubtful Zone 6.0 MB 
Impact 8.9 MB 
Colleen So Green 10.5 MB 
Grebb Hassle 9.2 MB 
Spring Freshet 5.5 MB 
Saddle Sore Sal 11.4 MB 
Chicken Smith 9.9 MB 
Rock Bottom 6.0 MB 
Saludos 11.3 MB 
Bear Trap 11.3 MB 
Medicine Man 6.3 MB 
How to Kill a Friend (reused script) 5.2 MB 
Sheep Dog 11.4 MB 
One Night Stand 11.2 MB 
Pal 10.6 MB 
Ben Tolliver's Stud (Les Crutchfield)(reused script) 7.5 MB 
Dodge Podge 10.5 MB 
Summer Night 10.8 MB 
Home Surgery (reused script) 6.6 MB 
The Buffalo Hunter (reused script) 4.9 MB 
Word of Honor (reused script) 7.1 MB 
Bloody Hands (Long Branch)(reused script) 11.4 MB 
Kitty Caught (James Nusser)(reused script) 5.0 MB 
Cow Doctor (Ray Kemper)(reused script) 5.6 MB 
Big Hands 10.6 MB 
Jayhawkers (reused script) 5.5 MB 
The Peace Officer 6.1 MB 
Grass (reused script) 7.2 MB 
Jobe's Son 10.8 MB 
Looney McCluny 9.1 MB 
Child Labor 10.2 MB 
Custer (reused script) 5.7 MB 
Another Man's Poison 10.6 MB 
The Rooks 8.9 MB 
The Margin 9.0 MB 
Professor Lute Bone (reused script) 6.8 MB 
Man and Boy 9.2 MB 
Bull 10.8 MB 
Gun Shy 10.9 MB 
The Queue (Ben Wright)(reused script) 5.5 MB 
Odd Man Out 11.3 MB 
Jud's Woman 11.1 MB 
Long as I Live 7.2 MB 
Ugly 11.4 MB 
Twelfth Night (December 22 broadcast pre-empted) (Virginia Gregg)(reused script) 5.8 MB 
Where'd They Go? 8.7 MB 
Pucket's New Year (reused script) 5.6 MB 
Second Son 11.2 MB 
Moo Moo Raid 11.4 MB 
One for Lee 11.5 MB 
Kitty's Killing 11.5 MB 
The Joke's on Us (reused script) 4.2 MB 
Bruger's Folly 11.4 MB 
The Surgery 11.1 MB 
The Guitar (reused script) 4.3 MB 
Laughing Gas 10.8 MB 
Real Sent Sonny 11.3 MB 
Indian 11.3 MB 
Why Not 10.1 MB 
Yorky (reused script) 6.1 MB 
Livvie's Loss 10.7 MB 
The Partners 10.5 MB 
The Squaw 10.8 MB 
How to Die for Nothing (May 4th broadcast preempted)(reused script) 8.7 MB 
Little Bird 9.6 MB 
The Stallion 11.1 MB 
Blue Horse 11.4 MB 
Quarter Horse (reused script) 5.5 MB 
Hot Horse Hyatt 11.5 MB 
Old Flame 10.8 MB 
Target 11.3 MB 
What the Whisky Drummer Heard (James Nusser)(reused script) 5.8 MB 
Chester's Choice 10.9 MB 
The Proving Kid 9.5 MB 
Marshal Proudfoot 11.2 MB 
The Cast (reused script) 5.6 MB 
Miguel's Daughter 9.0 MB 
A House Ain't a Home 11.4 MB 
The Piano 10.9 MB 
The Blacksmith (Barney Phillips)(reused script) 5.7 MB 
I Thee Wed 10.2 MB 
Tried It - Didn't Like It 9.9 MB 
False Witness 9.2 MB 
Big Girl Lost (reused script) 4.7 MB 
Kitty's Rebellion 8.8 MB 
Tag, You're It 9.1 MB 
Doc's Showdown 9.0 MB 
Kick Me (reused script) 4.6 MB 
The Tragedian 11.5 MB 
Old Man's Gold 6.1 MB 
Target - Chester 8.9 MB 
Brush at Elkader (James Westerfield)(reused script) 4.6 MB 
The Correspondent 8.4 MB 
Burning Wagon 8.9 MB 
The Grass Asp 8.9 MB 
Kitty's Injury 8.9 MB 
Where'd They Go? (reused script) 5.0 MB 
The Choice (reused script) 5.3 MB 
The Coward (Joseph Kearns)(reused script) 5.3 MB 
The Wolfer 13.5 MB 
Kangaroo 11.4 MB 
The Boots 13.3 MB 
The Bobsy Twins 11.0 MB 
Groat's Grudge 11.5 MB 
Body Snatch 12.2 MB 
Sarah's Search 11.2 MB 
Big Tom 6.9 MB 
Maw Hawkins 10.9 MB 
Incident at Indian Ford 11.0 MB 
The Trial (Joseph Kearns)(reused script) 10.8 MB 
Laurie's Suitor 13.7 MB 
Trapper's Revenge 5.4 MB 
Chester's Mistake 11.2 MB 
Third Son 10.9 MB 
The Badge 11.6 MB 
Unwanted Deputy 13.6 MB 
Dowager's Visit 13.9 MB 
Scared Boy 7.2 MB 
Wagon Show 11.5 MB 
The Deserter 12.1 MB 
Doc's Indians 11.4 MB 
Kitty's Kidnap 8.4 MB 
Carmen (reused script) 6.8 MB 
Jailbait Janet (reused script) 13.0 MB 
Emma's Departure 13.1 MB 
Friend's Payoff 11.8 MB 
Second Arrest 11.8 MB 
Old Beller 10.8 MB 
Ball Nine, Take Your Base 12.8 MB 
Mavis McCloud (Barbara Eiler)(reused script) 5.6 MB 
Pokey Pete 12.7 MB 
The Reed Survives (Lynn Allen)(reused script) 6.4 MB 
Shooting Stopover 13.0 MB 
Matt's Decision 5.7 MB 
Johnny Red (Helen Kleeb)(reused script) 12.6 MB 
Gentlemen's Disagreement (reused script) 11.3 MB 
Personal Justice 11.2 MB 
Hinka-Do (reused script) 10.9 MB 
Kitty's Quandary 13.3 MB 
The Mortgage (reused script) 11.6 MB 
Old Gunfighter 12.0 MB 
Westbound (reused script) 12.4 MB 
Cavalcade (reused script) 12.2 MB 
The Square Triangle (reused script) 11.0 MB 
Paid Killer (reused script) 10.9 MB 
Hard Lesson 11.8 MB 
Big Chugg Wilson 11.8 MB 
Don Mateo 11.5 MB 
Beeker's Barn (Joseph Kearns)(reused script) 11.3 MB 
Pucket's New Year (reused script) 10.7 MB 
Trojan War (reused script) 11.1 MB 
Luke's Law 11.6 MB 
Fiery Arrest 11.5 MB 
Bless Me Till I Die 11.6 MB 
Chester's Dilemma 11.7 MB 
Delia's Father 10.8 MB 
Distant Drummer 6.3 MB 
Mr and Mrs Amber (Virginia Gregg)(reused script) 10.1 MB 
Prescribed Killing 13.6 MB 
Blood Money (John Dehner)(reused script) 10.0 MB 
Unloaded Gun 11.5 MB 
The Constable (Barlett Robinson)(reused script) 5.3 MB 
Indian Baby 11.8 MB 
Greater Love (Vic Perrin)(reused script) 5.7 MB 
Dave's Lesson 11.4 MB 
Solomon River 13.2 MB 
Stage Snatch 11.7 MB 
Nettie Sitton 11.5 MB 
Wrong Man 11.4 MB 
Tall Trapper 7.3 MB 
Marryin' Bertha 7.1 MB 
Bad Seed 12.7 MB 
Fabulous Silver Extender 13.4 MB 
Kitty Accused 13.4 MB 
Line Trouble 10.3 MB 
Little Girl 11.4 MB 
Reluctant Violence 12.3 MB 
Busted Up Guns 10.8 MB 
The Impostor 11.1 MB 
Stage Smash 11.9 MB 
Old Fool 11.5 MB 
The Noose 11.8 MB 
Dangerous Bath 11.8 MB 
The Tumbleweed 11.4 MB 
The Peace Officier 11.0 MB 
About Chester 11.3 MB 
Two Mothers 13.7 MB 
Doc Judge 11.5 MB 
The Big Itch 13.5 MB 
Born to Hang 6.8 MB 
Crack-Up 11.5 MB 
Newsma'am 13.7 MB 
Never Pester Chester 12.9 MB 
Jedro's Woman 11.4 MB 
The Big Con 12.9 MB 
The Professor 13.6 MB 
Dirt 12.9 MB 
Kitty's Good Neighboring 10.9 MB 
The Cook 10.9 MB 
Hero's Departure 10.6 MB 
Minnie 8.9 MB 
Spring Term 6.3 MB 
Old Faces 11.2 MB 
The Wake 11.4 MB 
Hard Virtue 11.2 MB 
Harriet 11.1 MB 
Love of Money 11.3 MB 
Daddy-O (John Dehner)(reused script) 11.5 MB 
Kitty Love 11.4 MB 
Joe Sleet 10.8 MB 
Melinda Miles 11.0 MB 
Sweet and Sour 9.2 MB 
Joe Phy 14.3 MB 
No Indians 7.1 MB 
Chester's Inheritance 11.1 MB 
Hangman's Mistake 11.1 MB 
Cooter 10.5 MB 
Father and Son 9.3 MB 
Ex-Urbanites 11.2 MB 
Ma's Justice 10.9 MB 
The Lady Killer 10.9 MB 
Chester's Rendezvous 10.7 MB 
The Sod-Buster 10.9 MB 
Cows and Cribs (Anne Morrison)(reused script) 9.7 MB 
Doc's Visitor 11.1 MB 
Letter of the Law (Vic Perrin)(reused script) 10.9 MB 
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Reviewer: kumarihpx - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 20, 2014
Subject: Gunsmoke newbie
I usually listen to OTR to cover up city traffic and my loud-a$$ neighbors.

I have never listened to Gunsmoke or watched it on TV either. I like old TV channels for the nostalgic effect, but Gunsmoke was before my time and seemed even slower than the 70s shows I look at every once in a while. They're just too slowly-paced to keep my attention. I know my grandma always has that channel on when I visit.

But, I gave OTR Gunsmoke a chance because it's rated most popular and I was desperate for something interesting to hear. Well, I am pretty impressed, as these shows definitely held my attention. Also, I do love the Western genre (to read and the great classic movies), so the beginning of the Gunsmoke series was v. interesting for me bc it is in a time when the West was not settled yet, the Civil War wasn't long over, and people claimed land just by stepping on it. The sheriff in the series is somewhat like Wyatt in other series -- def. honorable but not as ornery.

I really like this series, at least the first 10 episodes or so. That is all that I have listened to. I've traveled onto to try other series since, so I guess the stories became a little repetitive for me or I got antsy. We'll see if I make it back to hear more.

4/5 stars
Reviewer: falcofalcofalco - - November 19, 2014
Subject: Gunsmoke SINGLE episodes IDENTICAL to OTRR certified CDs episodes?
I have downloaded the torrent versions of Gunsmoke SINGLE episodes. For several (at least) episodes of the singles I detect an audio quality significantly inferior to those on the OTRR certified CDs episodes.

Are the Gunsmoke SINGLE episodes presented as being IDENTICAL to those contained in the eleven (?) OTRR certified CDs episodes?

I.e. are the SINGLE Gunsmoke episodes equally certified by OTRR (i.e. are identical) or do the singles originate from a separate (non-OTRR certified) source?

I would appreciate some authoritative opinion on this question.

Thank you.
Reviewer: Ampico - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 15, 2014
Subject: The Rolls Royce of Westerns
Too bad William Conrad was too heavy to play Matt Dillon on TV. William Conrad was Matt Dillon, and Gunsmoke was the best radio western of them all, and is high on the list of best radio series of all time too. I have listened to almost all of them, and don't mind listening to some of them over and over again. Did it follow a formula? Yes. Can you think of a series on radio or TV that doesn't?
Reviewer: iluvotralot - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - September 11, 2014
Subject: Pretty violent, some good episodes...
Some of you probably aren't going to like me, because of this review. Don't get me wrong, I've listened to about every episode of Gunsmoke, and it is undoubtedly one of the best otr shows ever produced, along with Dragnet. It has some really good episodes to listen to. I think my favorite is the episode about the German blacksmith who is getting a hard time from 3 of the townspeople, at least one won't pay him, and complains about his work, even though his work is fine. He puts up with it until his German mail order bride shows up. Then they start messing with her, and he won't take that, and beats the tar out of them - all with Matt's blessings. And, it has some good episodes, like that one. But, one morning I was thinking about the show and I got to thinking, man, living in Dodge would have been like living in the bad place (the opposite of heaven). I mean, it seemed like hardly anyone liked anyone else, guys would ride into town and start trouble right out of the blue. You'd only be about a second away from eternity as so many people got gunned down and stabbed and even though I liked Matt a lot, he gunned down a lot of people. It was usually justified, but I'll bet he won about 300 gunfights. I don't have any idea of what the old west was really like. I've heard it was nothing like the TV shows and radio shows about it. Well, I hope Dodge was nothing like the radio show. If it was, who'd want to live there? They said on a couple of the episodes that Abilene wasn't as wild - I'd go live there. And, I'm really surprised, with the censorship back then, that they allowed the violence of Gunsmoke to get through. The pros about the show - Matt is a good moral marshall who believes in the law, though sometimes he has to carry out the sentence himself. Kitty, Doc (Howard McNear), and Chester are all good characters, many of the episodes are interesting, with interesting mysteries. The quality is pretty good with pretty even audio throughout the collection, etc. The cons - the main con definitely has to be the violence. In one episode an indian boy's tongue is cut out, to give an example, numerous gunfights, it is far more violent and really not much like the popular TV show that it spawned, the numerous necktie parties, and just the general way people treated one another. I mean, I know there are still horrible places to live in the world. But, the way that people treated each other in Dodge, who'd want to live there? It is depressing. I don't know - that is my 2 cents worth. If I listen to any more episodes (which I probably will). I'm going to try to find the ones that aren't real violent and where people treat one another in a decent manner, with a good mystery to it. Again, I don't see how the violence in this show got past the censors back then, but it sure did. Even though it gave birth to a TV show, I don't think it would have ever got past the censors had they done the TV show like the radio show, with the blood and gore, shootings, knivings, and murders, and just horrible things that people did to other people. That's my 2 cents worth. Please don't get mad at me. I love old time radio, and was really surprised that I liked Gunsmoke at all, as it really wasn't my type of western. I like the more light hearted ones - the kind with guys like Roy Rogers and Red Ryder in them. Hope you all have a good day.
Reviewer: JoplinJerry - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 19, 2013
Subject: So Good to Sleep With
As a person who has sleep disorders listening to Gunsmoke and other old radio shows on helps me to eventually get some sleep. The characters in Gunsmoke were so great and the background sounds made the shows seem more realistic. The writing was tremendous then and held the listener's attention as listened to the radio of the mind.
Reviewer: Charlie Heinz - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - March 17, 2013
Subject: Gunsmoke Follows Same Pattern
Gunsmoke was a great radio show and later a poorly made TV show. However the radio shows followed an annoying repetition of characterization. You can predict how the bad guys are going to act, and they all act like morons. Can always spot John Dehner with his "I never done that mar-shul" type moron character. Of course, the west never was like this anyway. Best I can say about these Gunsmoke shows is that the audio levels are quite consistent from show to show.
Reviewer: powers74 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 18, 2012
Subject: Best ever!!!
After getting my first taste of OTR After buying a iPhone I have to say nothing eats up my data more (-: I have my iPhone memory full of my favorite episodes of gunsmoke dragnet and X MINUS ONE, and only wish I could hold them all ... Thank you and Internet archive for bringing this back forever I hope people donate often to keep your bills paid (-:

Reviewer: Capt. Lee Quince - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 23, 2012
Subject: excellent
This is classic otr...Bill Conrad is a great Matt Dillon and a wonderful contribution to all other otr programs. Alas, all good things come to a end...having finished the series without more to come I feel as if I lost a very good friend.
-peace, capt.Q

Thanks contribuber and archieves
Reviewer: Max Reiner - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 23, 2012
Subject: Yiddish Episode Titles
Got a h00t out of "meshugah" and "gonif" as titles for a two Gunsmoke episodes. Were those the producer shortcut names of the shows or did the Archive cataloger add some old country descriptions? HA! There are spelling variations of those low German terms. Meshugah or meshuggah means crazy. And a gonif is a bad guy.

We have fun with names, too. In one of our old west movies, we made up a "Meshunggeneh Falls" sign over a hazardous waterfall because you'd be crazy to try to ride the waters. :)
Reviewer: Matt Dillion - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 16, 2011
Subject: William Conrad's contribution
After listening to the radio series, it is hard to imagine how avid listeners in that era, could have made the transition between William Conrad and James Arness. William Conrad's had contributed so much to the fictional character Matt Dillion, that it would be almost next to impossible to make the transition without missing the baritone husky voice that made him a legion.
Reviewer: CalvinMoore - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 6, 2011
Subject: My Favorite Episode
I've listened to nearly the entire series and some of the episodes many times. The one that always touches me the most is The Round-Up. The raw emotion displayed by William Conrad coupled with the bittersweet ending makes this my hands down all-time favorite. A very close second would be Bloody Hands (Alafrganza).
Reviewer: babygirlsshy - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 14, 2011
Subject: Great Series!!
Have been a fan of OTR for a while but never got around to listening to the Western style shows until last year .... fell totally in love with "Have Gun Will Travel" and wanting to hear more of John Dehner, I moved on to the Gunsmoke series and boy am I glad I did!

Took a little bit to appreciate the character of Matt Dillion but he grew on me. To truly appreciate the series, all the shows should be listened to and not necessarily in order. Multiple listenings will give you an appreciation of the chemistry between the main characters and repeat supporting characters, old west phrases & terminology, social & cultural differences and a peak at the hardships of frontiersmen & women.

Great series would highly recommend.
Reviewer: Dungarees2 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 27, 2010
Subject: If I was going to listen to one episode...
First, for those that aren't already fans of the series or familiar with the characters:

William Conrad was one of the last actors who auditioned for the role of Marshal Dillon. He had a powerful, distinctive voice and was one of radio's busiest actors (he is believed to have appeared in more old time radio episodes than any other performer). After the series was created, writer John Mesten wanted him for the role of Matt Dillon, but director Norman MacDonnell thought Conrad might be overexposed because of being heard so frequently on other shows. During his audition, however, Conrad won over MacDonnell after reading only a few lines. Dillon as portrayed by Conrad was a lonely, isolated man, toughened by a hard life. Meston relished the upending of cherished Western fiction clichés and felt that few Westerns gave any inkling of how brutal the Old West was in reality. In Meston's view, "Dillon was almost as scarred as the homicidal psychopaths who drifted into Dodge from all directions."

Chester's character had no surname until Parley Baer ad libbed "Proudfoot" during an early rehearsal. The character was usually described as Dillon's "assistant," but the December 13, 1952 episode "Post Martin," Dillon described Chester as Dillon's deputy. (The TV series changed Chester's last name to Goode.)

Doc Adams was iconoclastic and grumpy, but McNear's performances became more warm-hearted. In the January 31, 1953 episode "Cavalcade," Doc Adams' backstory is revealed: His real name is Calvin Moore, educated in Boston, and he practiced as a doctor for a year in Richmond, Virginia where he fell in love with a beautiful young woman who was also being courted by a wealthy young man named Roger Beauregard. Beauregard forced Doc into fighting a duel with him, resulting in Beauregard's being shot and killed. Even though it was a fair duel, because Doc was a Yankee and an outsider he was forced to flee. The young woman fled after him and they were married in St. Louis, but two months later she died of typhus. Doc wandered throughout the territories until he settled in Dodge City seventeen years later under the name of "Charles Adams."

Georgia Ellis appeared in the first episode "Billy the Kid" (April 26, 1952) as "Francie Richards," a former girlfriend of Matt Dillon and the widow of a criminal. "Miss Kitty" did not appear on the radio series until the May 10, 1952 episode "Jaliscoe." Kitty's profession was hinted at, but never explicit; in a 1953 interview with Time, MacDonnell declared, "Kitty is just someone Matt has to visit every once in a while. We never say it, but Kitty is a prostitute, plain and simple." (The television show portrayed Kitty as a saloon proprietor, not a prostitute.)

While there are numerous excellent episodes to listen to, one that's not a great one in my view, but completely different, and excellent in its own way, is Cavalcade (described above). If I was going to listen to one episode a second or third time, or would recommend an episode to a fan who hadn't listened to many episodes, I'd probably suggest Cavalcade.
Reviewer: Neosocratism - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 25, 2010
Subject: Thank you
I couldn't possibly thank you enough... I used to listen to these in a special show every Sunday night in the Washington DC area. I moved away some time ago and I've always wanted to listen to these again... awesome collection, including my favorite episode of all time.
Reviewer: XMinusOne - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 18, 2010
Subject: The top tier of Old time Radio
mikefromgeorgia (below) is correct that it's a tough call between Dragnet and Gunsmoke (although you could consider other shows, such as Jack Benny, Amos 'n' Andy, Lights Out, X Minus One, and others, Dragnet and Gunsmoke were 'reality'); their longevity alone speaks for their quality. They simply wouldn't have lasted as long as they did, nor sustain their large audiences, were the writing and the acting not excellent. What both had, of course, was continuity; the main character was created, developed, and had excellent supporting characters who also were developed.

What both shows had, of course, were premier leading actors. All of Jack Webb's shows before Dragnet were of high quality and seem to lead to his role Joe Friday; Bill Conrad estimated that he was in 7,000 roles in radio, as either a leading or supporting actor.

One can't go wrong with listening to either collection, Dragnet or Gunsmoke. Both will make you appreciate the magic of old time radio, which provided something that neither television show could; the use of your imagination, enabling you to see "what really happened to Joe Friday and Matt Dillon".
Reviewer: ADancer43 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 1, 2010
Subject: Gun Smoke
The series is iconic in radio! I've listened to radio for almost 70 years and "Gun Smoke" does all that good radio drama should, truly 'theater of the mind.' "The Medicine Man" show needs some enhancement, not real steady. If you haven't heard "Frontier Gentleman" go there too, it is 'neck and neck' with "Gun Smoke" as is "The Six Shooter."
Reviewer: AcworthAL - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 24, 2010
Subject: Gunsmoke the King OTR
Dragnet is great, but Gunsmoke is the best radio program of all time. I'm not a hugh fan of western themed radio (except Six Shooter which is pretty good too!)TV or Movies but Gunsmoke was so real and smart. I've often finsihed listening to a pretty raw, real episode come acrossed amazed that they did this program in the 50's. One episode a man cuts the tongue out of a young Indians mouth and his racist remark was so difficult, but Matt Dillion was the voice of reason and justice prevailed. I could name dozens of outstanding episodes but If you interested at all, do yourself the favor and download all of them. These shows have given me hours and hours of listening pleasure. Then give Dragnet, Jack Benny Program, Our Miss Brooks, Great Gildersleeve,Yours truly Johnny Dollar and Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show a try these are favorites.
Reviewer: Rayme - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 20, 2010
Subject: Long live marshall dillon
I am a big fan of this show. I recently found it online with all the episodes listed here and have them all in my ipod. Now I cannot go to sleep without having it playing in my ear. I can honestly see the town in my mind as the episodes play. The funny thing is that I can't really get into the tv show, but I love the otr broadcasts. You can almost smell the gunsmoke when marshall dillon puts one of the bad guys down. I recommend this show to anyone who has never enjoyed the theater of the mind.
Reviewer: otrwash - - November 2, 2009
Subject: Gunsmoke: Missing Episodes
Of the 480 broadcast episodes of GUNSMOKE only six are missing, including five of the first ten episodes broadcast in 1952.

A few years ago I found the scripts for the first year of Gunsmoke. From those scripts, I have written detailed plot lines summaries for the five missing 1952 episodes.
You will find them at:

Look for the threads starting with
Plotline For Missing Episode:
Reviewer: d-boy - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 26, 2009
Subject: Tied for First
I am indeed listening to every single episode of Gunsmoke, but I would suggest two other OTR shows which I consider tied with Gunsmoke for first place. The first is Night Beat, with Frank Lovejoy, and the other is Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar........very specifically a particular period of Johnny Dollar shows: the five part, weeklong, 15 minute installment shows from the mid fifties with Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar.
Reviewer: mikefromgeorgia - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 21, 2007
Subject: Gunsmoke is the greatest radio show of all time
It is a very tough call between Dragnet and Gunsmoke, but I guess the incredible sound effects and the high quality writing, along with the talented cast of regular and guest supporting actors give Gunsmoke a decided edge in my own humble opinion. William Conrad had such a wonderful voice for radio and he also was a better actor in every respect than James Arness. Conrad's only drawbacks to playing Marshal Matt Dillon in the television version of Gunsmoke were his height and especially weight. Many people probably don't even know that he was a fighter pilot in World War II. He made the role of Matt Dillon his own on radio and I don't think Arness could ever have held a candle to him. I have watched the t.v. series many times for years before ever hearing the radio version and I definitely think the radio version is far superior in every respect. On t.v. both Dillon and the other regular characters (Doc Adams, Miss Kitty Russell and Chester Proudfoot (Goode on t.v.) and also (later Festus Haggan on t.v.) were seen less and less as the years went by and more guest stars were primarily given the reins and on-screen time. Matt Dillon was out-of-town far too much in the later t.v. episodes, often leaving Dodge City in the highly questionable hands of Festus and Newley, the town's blacksmith. While the t.v. show is a great classic, no question, as proven by the length of the time it was on the air, the radio show was consistently better in keeping Matt Dillon in Dodge City where he always belonged.
Reviewer: tex56 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 29, 2007
Subject: One of the best of U.S radio
I have heard no other OTR program that leaves me eager to listen to every episode.

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